Sanchez Becomes 8th Fastest 100 Freestyler Ever, World Junior Record


While competing on day 1 of the 2018 Swim England Winter Championships, visiting Canadian teenager Kayla Sanchez delivered a shiny new World Junior Record in the women’s 100m freestyle. In fact, Sanchez technically did it twice.

This morning in prelims, the 17-year-old HPC-Ontario athlete cranked out a personal best mark of 52.01 to claim the pole position for tonight’s final. That time actually tied the Canadian National Record and World Junior Record held by teammate Penny Oleksiak at the 2016 Short Course World Championships.

In tonight’s final, however, Sanchez delved into brand new territory, dipping under the 52-second barrier big time with a 51.45 winning effort. That mark now stands alone as the Canadian national Record and World Junior Record. In fact, Sanchez’ time would have issued her the silver medal behind Ranomi Kromowidjojo’s 51.14 and ahead of Femke Heemskerk’s 51.60 in Hangzhou.

Splitting 25.09/26.36, Sanchez now becomes the 8th fastest performer ever in the event. Anna Hopkin, who swims for the University of Arkansas stateside, earned silver behind Sanchez this evening in 52.00, while Oleksiak touched in 52.32 for 3rd.

Top Women’s 100 SCM Freestyle Performers Ever

  1. Cate Campbel (AUS), 50.25, 2017
  2. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 50.58, 2017
  3. Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 50.95, 2017
  4. Libbey Trickett (AUS), 51.01, 2010
  5. Fran Halsal (GBR), 51.19, 2010
  6. Femke Heemskerk (NED) 51.29, 2010
  7. Inge Dekker (NED), 51.35, 2010
  8. Kayle Sanchez (CAN), 51.45, 2018


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3 years ago

It’s libby without an e. Also, really can’t see Penny ever getting back to her Rio form.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Kelsey
3 years ago

It’s not completely out of the question. Sjostrom broke her first WR at 16, but didn’t win again until she was 20.

3 years ago

Canadian girls are insane. Why such a gap between girls and boys there? Its not as bad as the gap in Sweden but it is close

Reply to  Jmanswimfan
3 years ago

It’s because here boys and girls train together at all levels and that tends to push girls to faster swimming

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3 years ago


3 years ago

Looking for it to translate to long course— she is a n exciting swimmer. Bodes well for Canada in Tokyo.

3 years ago

Race videos???

3 years ago

The 200 IM is a junior world record too, I think

Reply to  WarriorCoach
3 years ago


PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  WarriorCoach
3 years ago

Hit the world best time on the button.

3 years ago

Why is a 50.01 number 4 but a 50.25 number 1

John Roberts
Reply to  Jimbo
3 years ago


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